Increased online shopping worries local businesses
By Alyssa Spirato
Jacksonville, FL —
It's that time of year when businesses rely on shoppers to keep their doors open and their business afloat. But some shoppers are turning to the world wide web to save money, worrying some local business owners.
Shoppers like Bill Marinau told our news partner Channel 4 that he would rather shop in person than online.
“It’s nice instead of seeing a picture online you can actually see the item, touch the item, and get a better idea of what you’re actually paying your money for,” says Marinau.
In this economy, many of us are looking at ways to save money. So, some turn to the internet because some online retailers are required to collect a state sales tax.
This trend has small business owners like Diane Garcia, worried.
“I think if we don’t do something to support local, we’re going to be in trouble,” Garcia told Channel 4.
Garcia says it’s hard to compete with the internet, and feels that if the rules were the same for the internet as they are for the stores, it would seem like more of a fair trade.
“A lot of times they come into stores and they look at things or they try things on for sizes, and then they will order online,” says Garcia.
This is not the case for all online sites. If a company has a store that is in the state, you are still required to pay the sales tax.